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Wednesday 2 May 2018 | Published in Local

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A coroner’s report into the tragic death of Katiana Pakoti Waikato has been released in New Zealand.

The 22-year-old, who had Cook Islands heritage, passed away on August 27 last year, after collapsing in a carpark.

Coroner Tim Scott said Waikato died from a head injury “sustained while playing a game of rugby league”. The report says it was likely she hit her head on the ground during a tackle, before she collapsed.

However, Mary Pakoti believes her daughter may have had a pre-existing head injury and has questions she wants put to the coroner. However, Pakoti says a post-mortem is not a part of her Cook Islands cultural beliefs.

It is unknown if the inquiry into Waikato’s death will be reopened.